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ASCI 623 : Aircraft Design and Development

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aircraft Design and Development
This course is an overview of aircraft design and development. Included are vehicle mission, the requirements directed by economics, commercial operator requirements and requests, military and defense considerations, and research and developmental processes needed to meet vehicle requirements. Aviation and aerospace manufacturing organizations and techniques are addressed to include planning, scheduling, production, procurement, supply, and distribution systems. Aviation and aerospace maintenance systems from the built-in test equipment to the latest product support activities are explored.

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the research, design and development of aircraft, both occupied and unoccupied, from the origination of commercial or military needs to the distribution of the product to the user. Students will gain an understanding of the governmental and private aerospace industrial bases and will research topics in advancing aerospace technologies, maintenance, and logistics methods.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Identify and evaluate the different types of governmental and commercial organizations involved in the origination of commercial or military needs for an aircraft and their interrelationships with each other.

2. Compare and contrast the varying approaches and phases used by different organizations in structuring research, design and development programs for aircraft and related systems.

3. Identify and analyze drivers that establish aerospace system requirements whether military, governmental or commercial.

4. Assess the facilities comprising the current aerospace industrial base, and describe state- of-the-art materials and practices used in the manufacture, operation and maintenance of various types of vehicles.

5. Identify and analyze the trends toward future occupied and unoccupied aircraft, and evaluate future system research, design and development proposals based on identified challenges (such as; mission requirements, aerodynamics, material requirements, and financial support; as well as internal and external political considerations).

6. Identify and assess the impact of the existing and proposed commercial aircraft production goals for the 21st century on current research, design and development technologies.

7. Identify and evaluate the political, economic and technical dimensions of the aircraft design and development process.

8. Describe and analyze how safety regulations and research play a role in the aircraft development, design, manufacturing, and implementation processes.

9. Identify and analyze the logistic considerations and quality assurance programs that have been developed to augment the aircraft design, manufacturing, and implementation processes.

10. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Jonathan Campbell - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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